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Old 12-18-2009, 04:30 PM   #21
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A little early today, aren't we?
I figger it's 5 p.m. somewhere...
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Well, Mississippi might be poor as hell but we are happy.

Happiest States Revealed by New Research - Yahoo! News

1. Louisiana
2. Hawaii
3. Florida
4. Tennessee
5. Arizona
6. Mississippi
7. Montana
8. South Carolina
9. Alabama
10. Maine
Does that mean these are the most unhappy states? And look who's dead last...

40. Maryland
41. Pennsylvania
42. Rhode Island
43. Massachusetts
44. Ohio
45. Illinois
46. California
47. Indiana
48. Michigan
49. New Jersey
50. Connecticut
51. New York
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There seems to be a fairly strong correlation with the cost of living.
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There seems to be a fairly strong correlation with the cost of living.
Inversely as you no doubt notice.
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There seems to be a fairly strong correlation with the cost of living.
There is one very noticeable exception: Hawaii. Rated #2 in happiness and, according to this, number 51 in cost of living. How odd...
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From the article..."They were also surprised at the least happy states, such as New York and Connecticut, which landed at the bottom two spots on the list."

Hey, I'm happy except when we get 2 feet of snow or they raise my property taxes.
The joy of being far away from Manhattan has no bounds. Nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.

It's fun being last on some sort of list.
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Sunshine, temperatures, and state of precipitation (frozen or not)--not surprising at all to me that people who live in the warmer sunnier states are happier than people who aren't. Snowshoveling is not a happy activity for most people.
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I was reading about this list in the Syracuse paper this morning. The article theorized that the numbers for NY might have been skewed by the cost of living, congestion, and long commutes in the NYC area.
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Does that mean these are the most unhappy states? And look who's dead last...


46. California
I can understand why there are currently a lot of stressed out unhappy people in CA but I think that it is terrific:

- No mortgage so housing costs and cost of living in general are not an issue
- Can drive to work without getting on the freeway and can bike if I want so congestion isn't much of an issue
- Best year around weather in the country IMHO, including Hawaii
- Happy in shorts and tee shirts and that is all I need for most of the year
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I was a little surprised that no Midwestern states made it to the top 10 list. We pride ourselves in our self-sufficiency here in the upper midwest, and I had mistakenly thought self-sufficiency brings happiness. On the other hand, I guess Garrison Keillor is not the poster child of joy.

If we are lucky this year, we may only get 6 months of winter instead of 7. Isn't that a reason to celebrate?
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If supposedly the sun correlates with the happiness ranking, then why is California--land of fun in the sun--ranking so darn low?
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...Snowshoveling is not a happy activity for most people.
Aw, come on. It is tremendous exercise for the upper body and waistline. Why go to the gym when you can shovel the white stuff?
Actually, I push snow along if it is light. If it is wet and heavy, the ol' snowblowing equipment gets fired up pronto.
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Without a doubt, I can say Virginia is not the happiest state right now
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If supposedly the sun correlates with the happiness ranking, then why is California--land of fun in the sun--ranking so darn low?
Maybe it's due to the fact you have to be making 3 to 4x the national average income to be able to buy a small house in a middle-class neighborhood. Just a guess. I know people who moved from CA to NC to improve their relative quality of life.
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It would be a southeast sweep - except that Georgia is noticeably absent. I wonder why?!?!?!?

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Kentucky would have been Top 5 had they done the survey during a year UK won a b-ball NCAA championship
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Also, having traveled to some pretty dismal parts of this world, the one thing that always seemed strange is people living in mud huts or worse with great big smiles on their face.


I once read a quote by an economist or philosopher (maybe Bertrand Russell?) saying something to the effect that in poor countries people are generally happy while in rich countries people are generally poor.

IIRC, the quote was from the turn of the last century, in the midst of the industrial revolution.
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I can understand why there are currently a lot of stressed out unhappy people in CA but I think that it is terrific:


- Best year around weather in the country IMHO, including Hawaii
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IMNHO,you are wrong . I lived 17 years in Southern California, 3 years in Evansville, Indiana, 20 year in Northern California and 10 years in Hawaii. As far as climate is concerned. Hawaii Noi Ka Oi is the best.

I am little surprised that Louisiana is ranked so highly , but I see the survey was pre Katrina. Before then it seemed like a laid back place, with unique culture (and great food), of course I haven't been there in 20 years. I think California would rank higher except for the god awful government, and the bad economic conditions.

Anecdotaly, I found people in the mountain states ID, WY, MT to be pretty content, beautiful country, plenty of room, and seemly tolerant on non-conformist.
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I can understand why there are currently a lot of stressed out unhappy people in CA but I think that it is terrific:

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I don't know about you, neighbor, I may technically be in CA but I live in the happiest place of all, the state of retirement.
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That may well be true. I think a lot of the so-called "poor" states, or less educated states, or whatever you want to call them, have far less stress due to affluenza and a "keep up with the Joneses" mentality.
It's not just a matter of keeping up with the Joneses. Here in NYC the professional competitive pressure is relentless. I don't know anyone who can go home after a solid eight hour day and not be looked down upon as some kind of slacker.
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